Four teams and one individual were awarded Rs. 100,000 each in a joint HSBC-British Council organized inaugural entrepreneurship programme targeting youth.
The event which took place on Thursday saw an undergraduate from Uva Wellassa University bagging the top prize in the creative category for her creations on the many uses of the Palmyrah tree.
Additionally teams from Uva Wellassa won the top prize for making surf boards out of PET bottles in the engineering category, while a combined team including undergraduates from Uva Wellassa and ANU, a foreign university, won the top prize in the agriculture category for their “live gift plant.”
The other two winners were an online recruitment service developed by potpourri of youth under the ICT category and an eco paper pen made from recyclable paper by Sabaragamuwa University under the Renewable Energy & Sustainable Industry category.
Runner’s up awards in the respective categories went to, Agriculture: Moratuwa University for developing a mechanism to extract Chitosan (a substance that has medicinal property) from waste prawn shells; ICT: APIIT, for developing a communication solution for public complaints; Creative Industries: Moratuwa University’s fashion design faculty for creating fashionable hats that could be worn in events such as horse racing; Engineering: A quality control and measuring instrument for the apparel industry developed by Moratuwa University and Renewable Energy & Sustainable Industry: Wind powered generators for households and for the SME sector developed by Moratuwa University.